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More Efforts Needed To Diagnose, Treat HIV, Related Infections Among Prisoners, Lancet Series Says

Agence France-Presse: Experts urge action against HIV prison ‘incubators’
“Public health experts called Friday for far-reaching measures against prison ‘incubators’ of HIV, tuberculosis, and hepatitis. Inmates are much more likely to carry infectious diseases than the general public, they said, and will spread the deadly germs as soon as they are released. Yet the response to the HIV, tuberculosis, and hepatitis epidemics in prisons had been ‘slow and piecemeal,’ said Chris Beyrer, president of the International AIDS Society and lead author of a series of papers published by The Lancet…” (Le Roux, 7/14).

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